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Denehy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

The ancestors of the first family to use the name Denehy lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Denehy is derived from the personal name Dennis. Denehy is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Some patronyms were formed from the personal names of the father of the bearer, while others came from prominent religious and secular figures. The surname Denehy was first established in Lancashire, prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Denehy family

The surname Denehy was first found in Lancashire (located in northwest England and dates back to 1180), where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Denehy family

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Denehy Spelling Variations

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Denehy has been spelled Denny, Denney, Dennie, Denie, Denye, Deanney, Deannie and many more.

Early Notables of the Denehy family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Denehy family to Ireland

Some of the Denehy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Denehy family to the New World and Oceana

This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Denehy:

Denehy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Denehy, who was naturalized in New York city in 1836
  • Philip Denehy, who was recorded in New York in 1851

Contemporary Notables of the name Denehy (post 1700)

  • William Francis "Bill" Denehy (b. 1946), American Major League Baseball retired pitcher and coach
  • Bill J. Denehy (b. 1889), Australian rules footballer who played from 1911 to 1912

The Denehy Motto

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Et mea messis erit
Motto Translation: My harvest will also arrive.

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